Environmentally Friendly Pesticide for Your Garden
Safer and cheaper DYI alternative to commercial pesticides
The weather is finally good and it’s time for home gardener’s to get to work! I see every hardware store featuring pesticides for home gardeners, but I believe that I’m not the only one who is concerned about the long-term environmental effect of using commercial pesticides (Glyphosate). I did a lot of research on DYI alternatives for Glyphosate-based pesticides and found a few variations of a vinegar based DYI product. After trying a few different kinds (and even trying Glyphosate-based pesticide against my will for research purposes!), I’m convinced that the environmentally friendly and all-natural solution works not only as good but even better. Here is the recipe I would like to share.
1/2 gallon White Distilled Vinegar
1/2 cup Salt
1 tbs dish soap
about 1/2 gallon water
How to make it:
Put vinegar and salt in a 1 gallon container, then mix well.
Add soap and gently mix to avoid foaming.
Fill the gallon container with water. Put it into the garden sprayer or hand sprayer to use.
You can use any type of salt for this, so use the cheaper kinds available at most food stores.
White Distilled Vinegar comes from many sources, even with petroleum as a starter! I personally feel yucky about using a petroleum product in my garden. So if you are like me, it is recommended to read the label before buying.
I like to use Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap for the dish soap. Soap is only added to the product as the sticking agent, not for killing the plant. Any type of liquid soap works, so why not a bio-degradable one? :)
It is advised to spray when the weather is good for at least the next few days for best results. Rain might wash it away or dilute the effectiveness.
I hope it works for you as well as it did for me. Happy gardening!
- Toyoko Schieferdecker - member owner